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‘Entertainment,’ Bought by Magnolia, Is Like David Lynch’s ‘Paris, Texas’

'Entertainment,' Bought by Magnolia, Is Like David Lynch's 'Paris, Texas'

The weirdest movie I saw at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” which Magnolia Pictures has acquired for US release.

As a road movie about a sad sack comedian (Gregg Turkington) touring the California desert and trying to reunite with his estranged daughter, it feels like David Lynch’s take on Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas.” In a sweaty combover and sexual predator glasses, Turkington goes for squirm-inducing laughs as he debases himself. Indie actors stumble in and out of the film through a series of increasingly surreal and scary encounters, including Tye Sheridan as the younger, funnier comedian Turkington has to follow, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz.

The film was written by Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker, whose Adult Swim program “Tim and Eric” clearly inspired “Entertainment”‘s button-mashing humor and kooky malevolence. The film was produced by Ryan Zacarias, Ryan Lough, George Rush, Brooke Bernard, Rick Alverson, Patrick Hibler and Alex Lipschultz.

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